2000-03-04 / Columnists

From the Artists Studio...by Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio


Rockaway Artists Alliance

By Susan Hartenstein

KidsmART is back! Yes, the highly popular and much praised after school arts program RAA ran last spring at Junior High School 180 will run this spring from March 21 to June 1. As last year, classes will be held in the same school from 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Classes will most likely include painting, clay, watercolor, murals, cartooning, paper-mache, crocheting, darkroom photography, arts and crafts, textile design, jewelry design, tee-shirt design, creative movement, theater/drama, artist study and more. Youngsters ages six to 14 may enter this program. Applications are being sent out to those who participated last year. If you are not on that list, however, you may register and/or get further information by calling our office or by e-mailing us at rockart116@aol.com. There is a registration fee of $15 per family. All supplies and materials will be provided.

In other words, you bring the kid, we’ll bring everything else. That includes a staff of instructors devoted to enriching the lives of young people by teaching them the tools of creative expression. As we know from the glowing letters we received from parents after last year’s program, our teachers help our children discover wondrous talents inside themselves, which they never knew were there. That staff includes most who taught with us last year plus others who will bring exciting new elements to the program. They are Miriam Abraham, Marina Callaghan, Zena Gurbo, Alex Guzman, Rose Hannon, Khadyjah Harper, Chris Jorge, Kate Judge, Mark Kruse (no relation to Tom, but just as cute), Wendy Lehrer, Denis Macrae, Karen McCallion, Andrew Neilson and Geoff Rawling (no relation to the baseball mitts, but just as reliable).

The purpose of the KidsmART program is to provide an opportunity for your child to be involved in a safe, nurturing and creative environment. This is about fun. This is about art. This is about education. This is about an introduction to all the arts—visual, performance and movement. This is about tapping into and drawing out the creative spirit of your child.

Photographer and video artist, Denis Macrae, will be guest speaker at RAA’s next general meeting, Monday, March 13. Macrae will present a slide show of his recent month-long trip to Bali, which is the fourth most populous country in the world. An expert on this archipelago approximately 1000 miles almost due south of Vietnam, Denis has visited it five times. It is still, according to Macrae, a beautiful and very spiritual place. The people still practice daily rituals unique in the world—their own adaptations to the Hindu religion. Despite the pressures of the modern world, the fabric of their religion is intact and very much practiced, effecting everything from how they plant their fields to any major decisions made. All this is reflected in their art and their dance. Macrae’s slides capture all this in addition to his snorkeling and birdwatching adventures and the incredible beauty of this country full of mountains and waterfalls. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in building T-149, Fort Tilden.

The ceramics class being taught by Miriam Abraham in studio-6 still has a few openings remaining. If you wish to register your child for it, please call or write us at the RAA office, 260 Beach 116 street, or e-mail us at rockart116@aol.com. Youngsters ages eight to 16 may participate. Classes run on six consecutive Saturdays from March 11 to April 15. Registration fee is $20.

Watch for the RAA/RTC float in the Rockaway Saint Patrick’s Day parade this Saturday. Saintly Denis Macrae will once again play Saint Patrick. Denis successfully played him last year, beating him in straight sets 6-2, 6-4, 6-love. We have high hopes again this year.

Enjoy. Goodbye for now.

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